The 2017 title for the town-wide read Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau. This work by Massachusetts author, philosopher, and naturalist highlights the natural beauty of local Cape Cod in the 19th century.
What is Cape Cod?
Based on several trips to the Cape and originally published as a series of articles, Henry David Thoreau's Cape Cod is a remarkable work that depicts the natural beauty of Cape Cod and the nature that surrounds it.
Thoreau, a consummate lover of the outdoors and nature is right at home in the Cape and he details his excitement of the area with naturalist portraits of the indigenous species and animals.
Any lover of nature or of Cape Cod in general will delight in this captivating depiction of the area in the early to mid 1800s.
--From book summary
Events for Pembroke Reads ...
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Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m.
From Walden Pond to Cape Cod
Thoreau scholar John Kucich will give a talk on Thoreau including background on his life and work, his time spent journeying around Cape Cod the stories featured in the book, and his enduring significance today. This event is part of our Pembroke Reads program.
Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Cookbook Club: Kennedy Kitchen
In honor of Pembroke Reads we’ll be choosing recipes from In the Kennedy Kitchen by Neil Connolly, an award-winning chef who worked for many years for Rose Kennedy in her Hyannisport home. Stop by the library starting April 18th to sign up and choose your recipe, then bring your dish to the library on May 9th for a potluck with food, drinks, and a good time!
Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Adult Craft Night: Seashell Necklaces
To go along with Pembroke Reads we’ll be making a beach-themed craft this month: seashell necklaces! Create a fun and stylish accessory to wear yourself or give to a friend. Supplies will be provided. Space is limited so please pre-register starting April 26th at the library or by calling us at 781-293-6771.
Monday, May 15 at 6:00pm
Thursday, May 18 at 1:30pm
Finest Hours Movie Screening
Join us for an afternoon screening of The Finest Hours, based on the true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, which took place off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana. This event is part of our Pembroke Reads program.
Everyone can join in on this local adventure!
Elementary School Reads (Grades K-5)
Henry Build a Cabin (and other works by D.B. Johnson)
"Thoreau for the kiddie set? Definitely. Author and illustrator D. B. Johnson revives the 19th-century writer's desire to live a simple life with this brilliant picture book starring one determined bear." -- The Barnes and Noble Review
The Trouble with Henry: A Tale of Walden Pond by O'neal, Westengard, & Schindler
"Stunning illustrations distinguish this lively fictional portrait of Henry David Thoreau, a man whose simple yet extraordinary vision made history — and reminded us that 'heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.' " -- From book summary
Events for Kids
Tuesday, May 2 at 4:00pm
Build a Cabin with Henry
Grades K-3 will enjoy a reading of Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson then visit the Craft Room to construct their own cabin from foam cubes. What would Thoreau think of your cabin? How is your cabin different? Design, discuss, and decorate! This is a FREE event; please pre-register starting Tuesday, April 25th to reserve a spot; space is limited.
Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m.
Build LEGO creations to this month's theme: "At the Cape, On the Beach." Grades Pre-K - 5 (ages 5+) are welcome to come and build with the library LEGOs. LEGO Club is designed to give kids a safe, creative environment in which they can freely build with LEGOs, interact with peers, and express themselves! This is a drop-in event in the Craft Room.
Middle - High School Read (Grades 6+)
Events for T(w)eens
Thoreau: A Sublime Life by A. Dan & M. Le Roy
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist, Henry David Thoreau. -- From book summary
Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm
Teen Trivia Night: 'Know Your Beeswax' Edition
Create and paint your own beeswax candle and candle holder. While your creations dry, test your knowledge of nature in a trivia contest; teens will win prizes and bragging rights. This is a FREE, drop-in event form grades 6-12.
Have you read our Pembroke Reads titles over the years?
The Martian by Andy Weir (2016)
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (2015)
A City So Grand by Stephen Puleo (2014)
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan (2013)
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (2012)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (2011)
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (2010)
Interested in these titles? Click the link above to put a book on Hold today!